Scott Akins

Associate Professor
Sociology Program
School of Public Policy
341 Bexell Hall
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-3703
Phone: 541-737-5370
Fax: 541-737-2289


  • Soc 241 - Intro. Crime & Justice
  • Soc 315 - Methods 1: Research Design
  • Soc 441/541 - Criminology & Penology
  • Soc 442/542 - Sociology of Drug Use & Abuse
  • Soc 515 - Understanding Social Research

Research Interests

  • Criminology and Deviance
  • Drug Use, Abuse and Policy
  • Research Methods & Statistics

Curriculum Vitae


Brief Vita


  • Ph.D. - Sociology, Washington State University, 2002
  • M.A. - Sociology, Washington State University, 1999
  • B.S. - Criminal Justice, Northern Arizona University, 1994

Current Projects

  • The Control of Consciousness Alteration--Substance Use, Abuse and Policy
  • Race/Ethnic Differences in Substance Use and Problems
  • Racial Segregation, Concentrated Disadvantage and Crime
  • Immigration, Acculturation and Drug Use
  • Recent Immigration and Violence

Recent Publications

  • Mosher, Clayton and Scott Akins.  2014.  Drugs and Drug Policy: The Control of Consciousness Alteration (Second Edition).  Sage Publications: Thousand Oaks, CA
  • Mosher, Clayton and Scott Akins.  2007.  Drugs and Drug Policy: The Control of Consciousness Alteration.  Sage Publications: Thousand Oaks, CA. 
Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
  • Scott Akins, Brett Burkhardt, and Charles Lanfear.  2015.  “Law Enforcement Response to “Frequent Fliers”: An Examination of High-Frequency Contacts between Police and Justice-Involved Persons with Mental Illness.”  Criminal Justice Policy Review 1:1-18.
  • Akins, Scott and Clayton Mosher.  2015.  “Drugs: Use, Consequences and Regulation.”  In Handbook on Deviance, Erich Goode, Ed.  Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
  • Mosher, Clayton and Scott Akins.  2015.  “Drugs and Drug Control in Canada.”  In Pan African Issues in Drugs and Drug Control: An International Perspective.   Anita Kalunta-Crumpton, Ed.  Ashgate Publishing.
  • Mosher, Clayton and Scott Akins.  2015.  “Marijuana Legalization: Myths and Realities” in Stacy Mallicoat ed. In Crime and Justice Policy, Stacy Mallicoat, Ed. Sage Publishing.
  • Mosher, Clayton and Scott Akins.  “Medical Marijuana.”  2014.  In Science and Politics: An A to Z Guide in Issues and Controversies, Brent Steel Ed. CQ Press.
  • Mosher, Clayton and Scott Akins.  2014.  “From ‘Just Say No!’ to ‘Well, Maybe’ - The War on Drugs & Sensible Alternatives” Pp 121-144 in Criminal Justice Policy, Stacy L. Mallicoat and Christine L. Gardiner Eds. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Akins, Scott.  2013.  The Enforcement of 287(g) by Local Police: Consequences for Community Relationships and Criminal Offending.  Criminology and Public Policy 12: 227-236.
  •  Stansfield, Richard, Scott Akins, Rubén Rumbaut and Roger Hammer.  2013.  “Assessing the effects of recent immigration on serious property crime in Austin, Texas.”  Sociological Perspectives 56:647-672.
  • Akins, Scott, Charles Lanfear, Sarah Cline and Clay Mosher. 2013. “Patterns and Correlates of Adult American Indian Substance Use.”  Journal of Drug Issues 43: 497-516.
  • Lanfear, Charles, Scott Akins and Clay Mosher. 2013. “Examining the Relationship of Substance Use and Sexual Orientation.”  Deviant Behavior 34: 586-597.
  • Akins, Scott, Chad L. Smith and Clay Mosher.  2010.  “Pathways to Adult Alcohol Use across Race/Ethnic Groups: An application of general strain and social learning theories.”  Journal of Drug Issues 40: 321-352.   
  • Akins, Scott, Rubén Rumbaut and Richard Stansfield.   2009. “Immigration, Economic Disadvantage and Homicide: An analysis of communities in Austin, Texas.”  Homicide Studies 13: 307-314
  • Akins, Scott. 2009. "Racial Segregation, Economic Disadvantage and Violent Crime." Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice 7: 30-52
  • Akins, Scott, Clayton Mosher, Chad L. Smith and Jane Florence Gauthier. 2008. "The Effect of Acculturation on Patterns of Hispanic Substance Use in Washington State." Journal of Drug Issues, 38: 103-118
  • Akins, Scott. 2007. "Racial Segregation and Crime." Sociology Compass 1:81-94.
  • Akins, Scott. 2003. "Racial Segregation and Property Crime: Examining the mediating effect of police strength." Justice Quarterly 20:675-695.
  • Akins, Scott, Clayton Mosher, Thomas Rotolo and Robert Griffin. 2003. "Patterns and Correlates of Substance Use Among American Indians in Washington State." Journal of Drug Issues: 33:45-74.
  • Akins, Scott. 2003. Public Alcohol Bans: An assessment of their potential effectiveness for reducing crime and disorder. The New Zealand Police.
  • Akins, Scott and Robert Griffin. 2000. "Multiple Birth Rates and Racial Type: A research note regarding r/K theory." Deviant Behavior 21:15-22.

Recent Grants

  • Akins, Scott. 2007. "The Etiology of Substance Use & Abuse among American Indians in Washington State." OSU Research office Faculty Time Release Grant
  • Akins, Scott. 2007. "Evaluation of Linn County Drug Prevention Program."  DHHS Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
  • Akins, Scott. 2003. "An Evaluation of Public Alcohol Bans." The New Zealand Police.
  • Akins, Scott. 2003. "An Examination of the Causes and Correlates of Substance Use and Abuse." Victoria University Research Fund.

Honors & Awards

  • 2014 Oregon State University College of Liberal Arts Master Teacher Award
  • 2006 Sociology Student Choice Award: Outstanding Mentor
  • 2005 Sociology Student Choice Award: Outstanding Professor
  • 2001 James F. Short Jr. Research Award